LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - During the last two weeks of June, it seems that all roads lead to Lock Haven. From June 18-29, LHU is running five 2-day orientation programs for new incoming students. By the time the last session is over, Lock Haven University will have welcomed about 1200 students and parents for orientation sessions on campus.Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
For the past twenty-three years Lock Haven University has offered the incoming class of new students the opportunity to meet university officials, faculty and students during a two day orientation program. Students and their parents participate in a variety of presentations that focus on making the college experience a positive and informative one.
Students meet with a faculty member to review their academic schedule and discuss what their courses will be like in the fall. A new addition this year is a session for students and parents on Student Success.
Parents also get to attend sessions designed to help them understand the ins and outs of financial aid and to meet other LHU parents from their home area.
Parents and students have the opportunity to eat meals in Bentley Dining Hall and to spend a night in one of the residence halls.
When asked to comment on the orientation program, the words most commonly used – by students and parents alike – were “informative” and “great.”
Dawn and Steve Dalberth of Marion, N.Y., attended with their son, Colton, who will major in sports administration. Dawn said, “Since this is an out of state school for us, we’re interested in learning as much as we can. This has been a great opportunity. They’ve explained things very well to us.” She added, “It has given the freshmen coming in the opportunity to meet each other and make friends, and to experience what it’s like being on campus.”
Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Koch said, "One of the most threatening parts of going to college is finding a roommate. During the Summer Orientation Program, staff and students work with new students to help them with finding a roommate. If they are able to find one during this program, it reduces the stress of the first few weeks of classes in the fall."
This year, over 530 students have registered for new student orientation. Historically, students who attend the orientation program are more likely to remain in college and achieve a higher grade point average.